Nečas quits as prime minister

Petr Nečas has resigned as Czech prime minister, bringing to an end his three-party coalition government. Mr. Nečas, who announced his decision late on Sunday night, formally tendered his resignation to President Miloš Zeman at Prague Castle on Monday evening. His move follows the filing of charges of bribery against his close personal aide, Jana Nagyová; she is also charged with ordering military intelligence chiefs to spy on the prime minister’s wife. Her arrest was part of an unprecedented police operation that also saw seven other people charged, among them three former MPs from Mr. Nečas’s Civic Democrats. Mr. Nečas will leave politics entirely. ¨

Author: Ian Willoughby